Disclosure: The Dancing Hotdogs family were media guests of Camelback Resort. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.
Part of the fun of going on a ski trip was being able to stay at the hotel. Staying near the mountain gives you the chance to be one of the first out on the slopes where you can enjoy the best snow before all the other skiers and snowboarders crowd things up. When we had the great opportunity to go skiing at Camelback Mountain it was almost a must that we stay the night over, especially with a three hour drive to get there. I would rather spend my energy on the mountain than driving back home the same day not to mention how dangerous it might be.
Check out our initial impressions of the hotel room:
We stayed in the suites on the fourth floor. The suites are essentially the same as the other rooms but also a second queen sized bed in a loft accessible by stairs. My favorite thing about room was the amount of space, there was plenty of room to put skis and equipment or even order a cot (which can been had for an extra $10) or a crib. The room and loft area were outfitted with a TV and a great view of the mountain. I should mention that the Chateau is currently the closest hotel to the mountain, so if you are serious about being on the mountain. We could practically see the each of the skier and snowboards coming down the mountain in the morning and at night. The mountain itself was about 3 minutes away though I wouldn’t recommend walking to the mountain it is just a bit too far away.
The hotel also come stocked with an indoor pool and a small gym in addition to a cool arcade for kids to enjoy. In the evening we certainly got the impression that the Chateau was extremely popular with the locals as it hosted a number of functions including a sweet sixteen. One of our favorite parts of the stay was actually playing the board game Sorry! The Chateau front desk has a whole collection of amazing board games free to take a play. All that is required is a $5 deposit which is given back to you when you return the game. We spent the night showing the boys how to play and enjoying each other’s company. It honest made it one the funnest vacations we have ever had. Yet staying in isn’t the only option, other than the mountain the hotel was close to a number of restaurant including the one we visited desaki.
desaki is a Japanese restaurant about 8 minutes from the Chateau. Like most Japanese restaurants desaki has both sushi and Hibachi style meals and believe me when I say it is super popular.
I took it as a definite recommendation by the locals that the entire establishment was packed. Yet it seemed that management had it all covered, one of the hardest thing about waiting at a restaurant is keeping the boys occupied especially when they are hungry. Fortunately, desaki had both a clown doing balloon animals and a face painter. I honestly had never seen anything like it. It was a great distraction for the kids and made for a stress free wait.
When we got to sit down, that is when the show started. It goes without saying that eating Hibachi and Sushi is not a cheap enterprise but at desaki it was more than worth it from the entertainment and the quality of the food. The chefs did an amazing job especially cooking the steak and filet Mignons, everything was perfect. I had the chef’s special sushi and everything was super fresh. Overall, I don’t think anyone has anything less than a great experience at desaki. It has to be also mentioned that our waiter did a very good job, he was extremely attentive and did everything he could to ensure that everyone have a great time and enjoyed the food.